MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
by Mike Purkey

If Jon Rahm had been smart, he would have gone to the television truck – before he signed his scorecard – watched the ball-marking incident and called a two-stroke penalty on himself. 

Even though he was absolved of any guilt by the rules official on the scene, assessing a self-imposed penalty would have cleared the air of any doubt surrounding his six-stroke victory Sunday at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.


by Alex Miceli

Congress needed 14 years to repeal one of the silliest laws enacted in the U.S.: Prohibition.

Golf’s leaders shouldn’t take nearly as long to overturn the game’s legislative equivalent: the anchoring ban.

Prohibition, enacted with the 18th Amendment in 1919, proved to be unpopular from the start and soon became unenforceable. It was overturned in 1933 with the 21st Amendment.


by Bill Fields

In the context of important stuff – who has nuclear weapons and who doesn’t have health insurance, to name two timely topics – the appropriateness of a site for a golf tournament is the smallest of potatoes except, perhaps, when the course owner is President Donald Trump. 

The U.S. Golf Association hasn’t waffled publicly about bringing the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., this week since having announced on May 2, 2012, that the championship would be played there (tee times:


Doing a double take 

In Friday’s “Keeping Score,” you informed us that Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington were among those breaking par at the Greenbrier. My hat really goes off to those guys, as they apparently finished their rounds at the Irish Open and then jetted across the Atlantic to tee it up in West Virginia.



Number of years since Katherine Kirk had won on the LPGA before the Australian claimed the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wis. Kirk, 35, of Brisbane, Australia, a three-time winner on the LPGA, birdied the final hole Sunday for a 2-under 70 at Thornberry Creek’s Championship Course. With a 22-under 266 total, Kirk edged South African Ashleigh Buhai (67) by one stroke. South Korean Sei Young Kim placed third at 20-under 268.


In the news

Acted: On persistent complaints about the greens at Chambers Bay, officials of the municipal course in University Place, Wash., according to an Associated Press report. The much-maligned site of the 2015 U.S. Open, where Dustin Johnson three-putted the 72nd hole to hand the title to Jordan Spieth, will allow transition to Poa annua grass from the original fine-fescue surfaces designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The invasive Poa annua thrives in temperate, moist climates and is prevalent throughout the Pacific Northwest. The transition is expected to take a few years. Chambers Bay will play host to the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and could be in the mix again for a bigger event.

Announced: By the European Tour, that Ballyliffin Golf Club will play host to the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Ballyliffin is in Inishowen, County Donegal, on the northern tip of the Emerald Isle, on the North Atlantic Ocean.


“Troon Family Golf Month” is being celebrated in July at Troon-managed properties as a way to introduce juniors to the game. Many Troon facilities are increasing their family-oriented golf programs, clinics and events.


Four Seasons Resort Lanai is promoting its Love Lanai Experience to show the best of the Hawaiian island. Ocean activities include sailing, kayaking and whale watching, and land excursions include horseback riding, biking, archery and sporting clays. Through Dec. 17, rates start at $1,300 per night.


July 10-12
Senior women: Senior LPGA Championship
French Lick (Ind.) Resort (Pete Dye Course)
July 10-13
Men’s amateur: Trans-Mississippi Championship
Prairie Dunes CC, Hutchinson, Kan.
July 10-14
Women’s Amateur: North & South
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort No. 2
July 10-15
Men’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Amateur
Emerald Valley GC, Creswell, Ore.
July 11-14
Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National
Mid Pines Inn and GC, Southern Pines, N.C.
July 13-16
Champions Tour: Constellation Senior Players Championship
Caves Valley GC, Owings Mills, Md.
Men’s amateur: The Players Amateur
Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, S.C.
LPGA: U.S. Women’s Open
Trump National GC, Bedminster, N.J.
PGA Tour: John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. Tour: Utah Championship
Oakridge CC, Farmington, Utah
Men’s amateur: Eastern Amateur
Elizabeth Manor CC, Portsmouth, Va.
European Tour: Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Dundonald Links, Troon, Scotland
July 17-22
Juniors: U.S. Junior Amateur
Flint Hills National GC, Andover, Kan.
July 18-20
Men’s amateur: New England Amateur
Metacomet CC, East Providence, R.I.
July 18-21
Men’s amateur: Pacific Coast Amateur
Chambers Bay GC, University Place, Wash.
Juniors: PGA Girls Junior
CC of St. Albans (Mo.)
July 19-21
Men’s amateur: Northern Amateur
Sand Creek CC, Chesterton, Ind.
July 19-22
Men’s amateur: Southern Amateur
CC of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.
Men’s amateur: Porter Cup Invitational
Niagara Falls CC, Lewiston, N.Y.
Men’s amateur: Palmetto Amateur
Palmetto GC, Aiken, S.C.
July 20-23
PGA Tour: British Open
Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, England Tour: Pinnacle Bank Championship
The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Neb.
Symetra Tour: Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic
Brook Lea CC, Rochester, N.Y.
PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship
RTJ Trail (Grand National), Opelika, Ala.
LPGA: Marathon Classic
Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, Ohio

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